The leaders of the Group of Seven economies pledged to levy further sanctions on Russia in a bid to stop its war in Ukraine, according to a joint statement released after their online summit on Feb. 24, the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy joined the video gathering, the first summit presided over by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The G7 members reaffirmed their “unwavering support” for Kyiv during their virtual summit, the joint statement said. “We condemn Russia’s illegal, unjustifiable, and unprovoked war,” it said.
The statement added that the G7 will impose “new coordinated economic actions” against Moscow, such as taking steps in relation to the country’s financial sector to “further undermine Russia’s capacity to wage its illegal aggression.”
During the virtual meeting, Zelenskyy thanked the G7 leaders for the support they have lent since the invasion began on Feb. 24 last year and said, “You and I can make this year, 2023, to be the year of the end of Russian aggression, the year of the return to peace, the year of the liberation of our land and our people from Russian captivity.” (Kyodo)